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Posted October 9, 2013 at 2:29 AM via web

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What are some elements in the story "The Cask of Amontillado" that might be regarded as humorous ?

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mattbuckley | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted October 9, 2013 at 4:07 PM (Answer #1)

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Edgar Allan Poe is not usually thought of in terms of humorous writing. His short story "The Cask of Amontillado" is not typically considered to be very humorous. However, this story, like many other stories by Poe, contains elements of humor, it just happens to be very dark humor.

Poe's use of irony creates a great deal of dark humor for the story. In this story there is humor to be found in Montresor's use of reverse psychology as he lures Fortunato to his death. The way he manipulates Fortunato through his pride and using Luchesi to anger Fortunato to blurt drunken insults and insist on continuing. 

There is also ironic humor when Montresor produces  the trowel and shows it to Fortunato as "a sign" of "the brotherhood" of The Masons. This is later used to erect the wall.

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